is a GREAT peak with amazing views. This is an easy hike most of the year; however, bring your snowshoes once the snow gathers. We found hip deep snow was plentiful, and so were the Elk. A heard of at least 60 Elk traversed the slope above us – they stopped to check us out and decided to change directions and trot away – a truly amazing site. Plus you can make a day of it and collect Independence Mountain and Griffith Mountain while you are out enjoying the wonderful Colorado wilderness. Oh, almost forgot the vast Aspen groves!
Great mountain for peace and solitude – no others on the mountain, just crunching of snow and wind through the trees.
There are multiple ways to get there. We started for the West Chicago Creek camp area; take Colorado Hwy 103 to West Chicago Creek Road. While there were no foot trails, we did find some animal paths and route-finding was fairly easy. During months with no snow you can find approaches off Hwy 116 (Cascade Creek Rd). If you are careful of private land, you could also approach from Hwy 361 out of Georgetown – this is likely a steep/difficult option.
There was no trail – but we were able to follow animal paths and find a very easy way to the top. Navigation is straightforward wit compass or GPS. There are a few rock piles to go around, but overall a great mountain, very accessible with views as you walk up. There are several beautiful Aspen groves along the way as well.
There is no red tape, but please watch for private property and be respectful.
When to Climb
All seasons, but you will have deep snow in the winter – bring the snowshoes.
West Chicago Creek camping area is located three miles off Highway 103 along West Chicago Creek in an aspen and lodgepole pine forest setting. There are 15 sites
available, all sites are suitable for small RV camping and tents. Facilities provided include restrooms and water. Each site contains a tent pad, picnic table and fire grate. Some first come, first serve sites may be available. Sites may be available on a first come first served basis outside the reservation season. There are no electric/water/sewer site hook-ups at this campground. Firewood is available for sale at the campground. There are no off road vehicle trails in the area and no OHV's allowed in the campground. Easy access to hiking trails in the Mount Evans wilderness. The Forest Service does close the area for winter.